User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


46° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.

News

[0] My Saved Articles
Back to all news

Healthbeat

Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Aromatherapy And Medicine

May 6, 2013, 6:20 PM by Casey Wonnenberg

Aromatherapy And Medicine
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

If you've been feeling anxious or you have struggled to get a good night's sleep lately, one option some local doctors are offering is aromatherapy. The fragrances can be used in conjunction with other treatment as well.

Fifty-six-year-old JoAnn Kretchmer has been undergoing chemotherapy for the past year. The Cavour woman was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last May.

"I just figured that was it. That was the end. I was not going to be here within the next year. That's pretty much the prognosis with pancreatic cancer," Kretchmer said.

But Kretchmer has been fighting back. That includes trying out aromatherapy to deal with the nausea and insomnia that accompany her chemotherapy treatments.

Avera's Prairie Center offers five different oils to choose from. Lavender and mandarin can help with anxiety and insomnia. Frankincense is used to fight pain and ginger and peppermint deal with nausea.

"It can be an easy tool because it's something you can have right next to you and open it up and wave it under your nose," Avera Dr. Dawn Flickema said.

You can use the aromatherapy oils a few different ways. You can smell it directly. You can mix it with a lotion and put it on your skin or you can use it in your bath water.

"If you put the essential oil on directly, that can be a little harsh on the skin," Flickema said.

Flickema says researchers are still studying exactly how aromatherapy works, but one of the theories is that by breathing in the oils, you stimulate specific areas of the brain.

"Your nose is an extension of your brain, just like your eyes and ears, so your nose has a direct connection back to the brain," Flickema said.

Kretchmer says it's too early to tell whether the oils are helping her, but she's willing to try anything that improves her quality of life.

"It's tiring. Your chemotherapy definitely takes a lot out of you, so you're tired," Kretchmer said.

The aromatherapy oils are available for sale at the Prairie Center for around $10 an ounce.

Flickema says when you buy aromatherapy oils, make sure you read the label and purchase essential oils.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View healthbeat

You may also like

SD Sends Suspected EV-D68 Specimens To CDC

9/11/2014 11:45 AM

The spread of Enterovirus D68 is now reaching into KELOLAND.

Full Story
Snacks That Could Throw Off Your Diet

9/10/2014 6:19 PM

From trail mix to low fat chocolate pudding, marketing gimmicks try to trick you into thinking some snacks are guilt free.

Full Story | Watch
Tracking Enterovirus D-68 In South Dakota

9/9/2014 5:40 PM

Officials with South Dakota's Department of Health say tracking any spread of Enterovirus D-68 could be difficult because no health facilities in ...

Full Story
Why Do We Faint At The Sight Of Blood?

9/9/2014 6:23 PM

Our bodies tend to overact, especially during triggers that cause fear. When your blood pressure and heart rate drop, this could cause you to faint.

Full Story | Watch
ND, SD Officials Bracing For Rare Children's Virus

9/10/2014 3:08 PM

Public health officials say a rare virus believed to be the cause of a severe respiratory illness that has affected children in at least 10 states may...

Full Story


Events